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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Daniel Pennac
Age Range: 9-11
Nearly drowned at birth because he is ugly, Dog spends his early life living on a
rubbish tip. He is adopted by Black Nose, a bitch who advises him on how to
survive the dangers of life on the streets, but when Black Nose dies unexpectedly,
Dog finds himself alone. After a series of misfortunes he ends up in a dog pound.
Eventually, he is rescued by ‘Mr Muscle’ and ‘Mrs Squeak’ and their daughter
Plum. Although Plum is initially very fond of her new pet, she soon loses interest,
and Dog suffers loneliness and a lack of affection. He runs away and makes a
new life until he is reunited with Plum again. Dog works hard to train her to care
for him but his adventures are not over yet!
Daniel Pennac conveys his own experience of dog ownership in the epilogue, ‘When you choose to live with a dog it is for life’. This is a captivating account of the life of a dog, beautifully narrated, full of suspense and a must for all dog lovers! The translation by Sarah Adams captures the fluent colloquial style.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)